29 June 2012

Batavia the Old Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia + VLOG | 50 days Backpacking Journey | Episode 13

Backpacking for 50days | Episode 13
Batavia, The Old Jakarta
Jakarta, Indonesia

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Couchsurfing Friends
My couchsurfer friend in Jakarta, Eric and Couchsurfer friend in Bandung brought me to the Batavia or Old Jakarta or Kota. We went there after we attended the Jakarta Free Day and before my departure to the airport. They said the Batavia is a must visit place when you visitied Jakarta.

Jakarta has been known under several names: Sunda Kelapa during the Kingdom of Sunda period; Jayakarta, Djajakarta or Jacatra during the short period of Banten Sultanate; Batavia, under the Dutch colonial empire; and Djakarta or Jakarta during the Japanese occupation and the modern period.

Fatahillah Museum
The Jakarta History Museum (Indonesian: Museum Sejarah Jakarta), also known as Fatahillah Museum or Batavia Museum, is located in the Old Town (known as Kota) of Jakarta, Indonesia. The building was built in 1710 as the Stadhuis (city hall) of Batavia. Jakarta History Museum, opened in 1974, displays objects from the prehistory period of the city region, the founding of Jayakarta in 1527, and through the Dutch colonization period from the 16th century until Indonesia’s Independence in 1945.

Surprisingly, there were a lot of bicycle to rent around the museum.  You can choose whatever kind of bicycle you want. I never know there are a lot of species of bicycle. The hat will be provided when you rent the bike. The hat colour is the same with your bicycle colour.

Food Stalls
In Batavia also, you can try variety of food. Many food stalls are along way. So, get your stomach ready because the foods are waiting for you! Yeah!

Manual Ferris Wheel for Childrens
Ferris wheel usually operate by electricity. Have you seen the Ferris Wheel that you need to paddle the bicycle to make it rotate? Hahaha... Interesting sight. !

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26 June 2012

Jogja to Bandung by Train | 50 days Backpacking Journey | Episode 12

Backpacking for 50days | Episode 12
Yogyakarta to Bandung by Train!

"A traveler without observation is a bird without wings." - Moslih Eddin Saadi
The end of Jogja journey
"I love this place!". I told everyone. I love Jogja. I love the environment, the people, the place. I's so peaceful. I can't imagine what happened back then when Jogja was hit by the worst earthquake. The time passed to fast without I realizing it was the end. I definitely will be back. Yeah. I'll be back. I'll be back this end of the year with both of my parents. I will become their guide. My 2 mission accomplished. The Borobudur and Prambanan.

The woman sell "SALAK LONDOH". I wonder what it is. Maybe it just a same fruit called "SALAK" at my place.
Tugu Train Station
Situated near the Malioboro. From my hostel, I booked a taxi. 50,000rupiah to the station. I bought my train ticket one day before my departure. You don't want your plan ruins just because the seat of the train is full. You need to know exactly the time when you want to buy a ticket. There's a morning trains and nights train. Jogja and Bandung journey will take about 8-9hours. I bought a morning train, called LODAYA PAGI, cost my around 120k. Just for your information, there is different price for you if you want to travel on the weekend.

"JALUR 5" / "JALUR 6"
Because I need to wake up early, I did not take any breakfast. Just go straight to the train station. Unsurprisingly, the station is not really big. So, it is easy to know which one is your train. While I was there, I searched for food. Burger!... I had not eat Burger since... I don't know.... So, I bought 2 burgers. The burger dissapeared into my stomach within only 5 minutes. Later, I went to the burger stall again, and I ordered another 2!. Both of the cooks are girls. So they look at me weirdly and laugh. So, I just made an innocent cats face! Hhahaha...... Yummy! Ohw... I don't care about my budget, still within the plan.

LODAYA PAGI Executive Couch
Pinoy Girl
While I fulfilled my stomach. From far there, I saw a girl. I know her. She is my friend on the same Borobudur Temple tour. She is from Philippines. Manila. She's going to Jakarta. And my route to Bandung. I told her that I'll be in Manila soon. She gave me her contact and most importantly facebook. While in Manila, we didn't met because I was too tired in Manila and had another plan with my another Philippines friends. We still keep in touch.

Steward checking the tickets! Smart uniform
Lodaya Pagi Executive Couch
The couch was really my above expectation. Really comfortable. Even though I was not sitting next to the window (I gave up the seat to the girl.... very gentlemen of me!). The seat is very comfortable for 9 hours journey. The service is good. There are train steward. You can ordered a meal. But I didn't order anything because I had my take-away delicious burger. Hahahaha.. In front of my seat, there were 2 boys, Middle East looks, but speak Indonesia. They always looked at me. So, to prevent the boredom in the train, I just play with them. 

The journey view. A paddy field.
White Couples
Behind next to me, there were a couple of white people. (I use to called them that). Of course they a backpackers like me. One things the best things when you traveled alone, you become friendly and easy to talk to. Why they are important in my story? because when they arrived at Bandung train station, they took a taxi. But I walked to my hostel. At the end, we are at the same hostel. Owhh.... forget to tell you guys, it was raining. I always ready with my raincoat. That's why they took a taxi. When I arrived the hostel. They start asking me "Hey... we were in the same train right?".... and the chat continues.... they are from Germany. Only in Bandung for 2 days.

2 boys Middle East look but talked in Indonesia.
So, from Jogja, it is easy to traveled to Bandung or vice versa. The train is safe and fast. ! An lastly, welcome to Bandung! Been here for the second time. My first was on 2007, I represent my university and Malaysia for the student exchange programmed for 2weeks.!

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23 June 2012

A Thought About Traveling

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Thanks to hostelbooker.com's facebook page! I found this thought is very interesting about travelling by Henry Rollings. Yeah! I'm quite agree with what he said.

Who is Henry Rollins?
Henry Rollins (born 13 February 1961) is an American spoken word artist, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, radio DJ, activist and former singer-songwriter. Rollins has hosted numerous radio shows, such as Harmony in My Head on Indie 103, and television shows such as The Henry Rollins Show, MTV's 120 Minutes, and Jackass. He had a recurring dramatic role in the second season of Sons of Anarchy and has also had roles in several films.

"I beg young people to travel. If you don't have passport, get one. Take a summer, get a backpack and go to Delhi, go to Saigon, go to Bangkok, go to Kenya."
Yeah!. There is no reason for you not to traveling. Most of the reason they can't do it because they are very busy. When you are still young, that is a gold chance for you to traveling. You still do not have a serious commitment. I am very disappointing with myself because I never thought of traveling while I was in university. Most of my money, I spend on shopping. I was a shopaholic back then. Imagine, if every semester break, I go to travel, must be a good experience for myself as a student. I still not yet travel to India, next year I hope so, been to Saigon or known as Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and also not yet for Bangkok. I need to cancel my Bangkok trip last year backpacking plan because of the flood situation. I changed my plan with continue my journey to Chiang Rai and entered Laos from Luang Prabang. Kenya? Still not in my list. But the point is, just travel wherever you want, see whatever awaits for you out there.

"Have your mind blown,eat interesting food, dig some interesting people, have an adventure, be careful."
 During my last backpacking, my mind always blown away. Sometimes, I thought it was because of andrenalin rush. Eat interesting food is a must. As for me, in Indonesia, they always have many interesting things to eat. Plus the scary one. In Bandung, I ate one of the cow organ which boiled with noodle. I don't know what it is, it's called BEBEK. The structure of the meat is like a Durian skin. Very scary and its very hard to bite! I do not like it all. For Muslim, there are some restrictions involving choosing a food. It's very tough to find food in Philippnes. Eventhough I want to try their food, but I can't. But I had eaten worm spaghetti. My Philippines ordered me a spaghetti as I informed him earlier that I can't eat chicken, meat or pork. So he ordered me a worm ingredient instead. I only knew after I finished eating the meal! Yucks. Interesting people? a lottttttt!. I met many interesting persons during my journey, especially in Philippines. you know, Filipinos are very friendly. I be friend with a tricycle driver when I'm in Bohol. I met his family, having a dinner at his house, and they treated me really good.!

"Come back and you're going to see your country differently, you're going to see your president differently, no matter who it is. Music, culture, food, water. Your showers will become shorter. You're going to get a sense of what globalization look like. You're going to see that global climate change is very real. And that for some people, their day consists of walking 12 miles for four buckets of water. And so there are lessons that you can't get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight. "
 Of course you will learn many things while you travel. Eventhough I'm from Asia, but my country still consider "OK" if I'm comparing other countries. I never interested about their politics. But when everytime I was in Indonesia, I need to prepare my politic mind. Because in Indonesia, most of them really interested in politic. They will asking many question about politic. So, just be prepared. You don't want to sound so unknowledgeable. I can't tell you how I feel after and before I traveled. But after I come back to my own country, I am really greatly because I was born in Malaysia. Malaysia is a damn happy and harmony country. And I proud of it.!


"A lot of people, Americans & Europeans, come back and go "ohhhh". And the lightbulb goes on."
Americans, Europeans.... I always refers them as White People during my traveling. I friends with them, I listen and learn from the stories. I still keep in touch with some of them. They always thought me I am very interesting guys because I am from Borneo. I always introduce myself from a Borneo Island. "Hi, you can called me Fadli, and I'm from Borneo!".... I still remember in Boracay, there were always 5 of us every night to enjoy a night life. There are American, Irish, Germany, Slovakia and I.... They called me as "Crazy Malaysian Boys"... Because I always doing crazy stuffs randomly. I still can't forget what happened back there. The "Hung Over" movie is really happen. When we wake up one morning, we never know what had happen last night. It's so mysterious.! Lol. One thing I know now for sure that white people male or female, they like to gossip and spread the news!

So, get your backpack! And start to travel! No need to buy guide book. Just buy a flight ticket and work with the flows and hope everything will be OK!... I love it and I love every minutes of it.

15 June 2012

Trishaw Ride, Yogyakarta, Indonesia + Video Blog | 50 days Backpacking Journey | Episode 11

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Backpacking for 50days | Episode 11
Yogyakarta, INDONESIA
Riding a Trishaw

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A photo taken before I rode the trishaw to town!!

A Trishaw
Traditional three-wheeled and pedal-powered cart, known as becak (pronounced beh-chak), which can be found in most part of Yogyakarta. Haggle furiously before getting into the becak. Be sure to determine whether the price is for a one-way or return (pulang) trip and if you want the driver to wait whilst you conduct your shopping or business. A ride from within the city to the Malioboro shopping precinct should not cost more than Rp 10,000. 

50,000 rupiah
From my hostel at Jalan Tirtodipuran, I took a trishaw to get to know the town. And I want take same some fresh air of night in Yogya. There was a lot of trishaw driver awaiting for their customer. But at last, I choose this trishaw. It cost me 50,000rupiah for a return trip to Malioboro. It's quite far. He's wiling to wait for me until I come back. Also, he's quite friendly and gave me the ideas generally about the Yogya. The food, the place I should visit and many more.

5000 rupiah
For the last night in Yogya, my Indonesia language pronunciation improved a lot. So, I plan I will explore the town as down to earth as I can. I didn't brought my camera, I use my short, simple t-shirt and a slipper. Then I practice my Indonesia language for "Malioboro, brapa pak?" as many as I can. I stopped 1 trishaw, I practiced what I had learn, amazingly, it's working. He only said 5000 rupiah. So cheap. He really thought I was a local. Yes! I saved my budget!!. But during a half journey, he realize that I was not from local. But he said nothing. But I can see his face quite angry. Luckily nothing happen. I paid 5000rupiah once arrived and then I leave!

Different between Malacca & Yogyakarta
In Malaysia, trishaw is really famous when you visiting in Malacca. But what are different the trishaw in Malacca and in Yogya? I can list some of the different here......
1. More colourful & flowerish trishaw in Malacca... In Yogya, no decoration.
2. In Malacca, the trishaw drivers all of them business minded. All the tour pamphlet ready. Only in the route which have been granted. But In Yogyakarta, the trishaw was one of the main transportation.
3. In Malacca, more modern trishaw. Complete with sound system and playing Lady Gaga song. In Yogyakarta, a driver might sing a song for you....
4. You can haggle the price in Yogyakarta, but In Malacca, its hard.....

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